Muscle pains could keep Pele from lighting Rio cauldron

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Pele's doctors have given him the go ahead to light the Olympic cauldron on Friday, but muscle pains may bar the Brazilian soccer great from the torch ceremony that opens the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The 75-year-old triple World Cup winner had hip surgery in December and needs a walking stick to get around.

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"It all depends on the muscle pains that hinder his mobility," a spokesperson for Pele told Reuters.

Pele, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time.

Organizers of the Games invited him to light the Olympic flame in Rio's Maracana stadium, a role usually played by a high-profile athlete from the host country.

He got permission from the American company that owns the rights to his brand name, but his difficulty in moving could rule him out.

Pele had a new hip fitted in 2012 and has had several other health issues since. He spent two weeks in hospital for a urinary infection in 2014 and had prostate surgery last year.

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Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele poses with a ball during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele waves during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele greets residents during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele (L) speaks with the president of Shell Brazil Andre Araujo during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele gives a signed boot to a child during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele speaks with children during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele greets children during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele smiles during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele raises his fist during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Pele and his girlfriend Marcia Cibele Aoki attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Estadio Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Pele poses with Romeo Beckham (L), Cruz Beckham (2nd R) and Brooklyn Beckham prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Pele hugs former England international David Beckham prior to during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: (L-R) Former Brazilian international Kaka, former Brazilian international Pele and former England international David Beckham look on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12: A Brazil fan wears a jersey with Pele's signature prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Brazilian football legend Pele poses after receiving from 46-year-old industrial engineer Jarbas Menighini (out of frame), his handmade replica of the FIFA World Cup trophy, in the surroundings of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 12, 2014 on the eve of the FIFA world Cup final between Germany and Argentina. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, DF - JULY 05: Fans hold up cutouts of Pele prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 1 : Pele attends the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 01: FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter welcomes Pele and Marcia Cibele Aoki for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 01: FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter welcomes Pele for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Brazilian former football star Pele arrives for the inauguration of a football pitch donated by Switzerland's watch company Hublot at Jacarezinho shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian former football star Pele (C) poses with children during the inauguration of a football pitch donated by Switzerland's watch company Hublot at Jacarezinho shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
1958 World Cup Final, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June, 1958, Sweden 2 v Brazil 5, Brazil's Pele shoots as he is challenged by a Swedish defender (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian midfielder Pelé (L) dribbles past Italian defender Tarcisio Burgnich during the World Cup final on 21 June 1970 in Mexico City. Pelé scored the opening goal for his team as Brazil went on to beat Italy 4-1 to capture its third World title after 1958 (in Sweden) and 1962 (in Chile). (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian soccer (football) star Pele takes a shot for Brazil at Goodison Park during a match against Hungary in the 1966 World Cup tournament, Liverpool, England, July 15, 1966. Hungary's goalkeeper is partly visible at extreme left. Hungary went on the win the game 3-1. (Photo by Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
World Cup Final 1970, Mexico City, Mexico, 21st June, 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Brazil's Pele celebrates after scoring the game's opening goal in the ninteenth minutepast Italian goalkeeper Enrico Albertosi (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian soccer (football) star Pele controls the ball for Brazil at Goodison Park during a match against Hungary in the 1966 World Cup tournament, Liverpool, England, July 15, 1966. Hungary's Sandor Matrai (#3) is visible with his back to the camera. Hungary went on the win the game 3-1. (Photo by Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, Friendly International, Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, 2nd June 1965, Brazil 5 v Belgium 0, Brazil's Pele makes an attempt on goal with an athletic overhead kick, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1958 World Cup Final, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June, 1958, Sweden 2 v Brazil 5, Brazil's Pele jubilant after the final in which he scored twice (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Football, Brazilian legend Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, July 1962, Pele of Brazil on the front cover of the sports magazine Revista Do Esporte, Pele, perhaps the greatest footballer ever appeared in 4 World Cup Finals for his country, and was the most famous player of the 1958 and 1970 Brazil World Cup winning sides (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
17-year-old Brazilian forward Pele (L) kicks the ball past two Welsh defenders during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Wales 19 June 1958 in Goteborg. Pele scored the only goal of the match to help Brazil advance to the semifinals. AFP PHOTO/INTERCONTINENTALE (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Final, Azteca Stadium, Mexico, 21st June, 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Brazil's Pele is ecstatic at the end of the match as he is stripped and mobbed by jubilant fans (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian football star Pele throws himself over the ball in the net after Brazil scored the single, winning goal of the World Cup quarteer final against Wales in Gothenburg, Sweden, 23rd June 1958. Brazil player Zagallo is at right. (Photo by Geoff Bruce/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Final, Mexico City, Mexico, 21st June, 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Pele raises his arms as he celebrates his captain Carlos Alberto's fourth goal with teammate Jairzinho (R) as Italian goalkeeper Enrico Albertosi lies beaten on the ground during the match (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian footballer Pele holds up the Jules Rimet Trophy after Brazil's 4-1 World Cup Final victory over Italy at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, 21st June 1970. Pele scored the first of his team's goals in the match. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Football, Brazilian legend Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico, kisses the Jules Rimet trophy circa 1970. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, pic: 1958, The 1958 Brazil World Cup winning team, Brazil, back row, l-r, V,Feola, (Chief Coach), D,Santos, Zito, Bellini, N,Santos, Orlando, Gilmar, Front row, l-r, Garrincha, Didi, Pele, Vava, Zagalo and Amaral (Physical Training Instructor), Brazil clinched the trophy by beating host nation Sweden in the final (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1958, Brazil's young internatiopnal star Pele, portrait, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Final, Mexico City, Mexico, 21st June, 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Brazil's Tostao and Pele celebrate a Brazilian goal in the World Cup Final (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1958, Brazil's young star Pele with his eyes on the ultimate prize the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, February 1959, Pele wins a battle for a high ball while playing in the Sao Paulo Championship, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, Brazil's Pele , one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico holds the Jules Rimet trophy (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1970 World Cup Final, Mexico City, Mexico, 21st June 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Brazil's Pele is chaired off the Azteca Stadium pitch wearing a sombrero after Brazil had won the World Cup trophy for the third time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian forward Pele smiles as he poses for photographers in June 1962 in Vina del Mar, a few days before a World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and England 10 June. Pele did not participate in that match and was out for the remainder of the competition after pulling a muscle during the first-round match against Czechoslovakia 02 June. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian forwards Vava and Pele (number 10) enter a melee in front of the French goal during the the World Cup semi-final at the Rasunda Stadion in Solna, Stockholm, 24th June 1958. Brazil beat France 5-2. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1958 World Cup Final, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June, 1958, Sweden 2 v Brazil 5, Brazil's Pele surrounded by delighted Brazilian fans after the final in which he scored twice (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian soccer (football) star Pele (center, in yellow jersey) controls the ball for Brazil at Goodison Park during a match against Hungary in the 1966 World Cup tournament, Liverpool, England, July 15, 1966. Hungary's Sandor Matrai (#3) opposes him. Hungary went on the win the game 3-1. (Photo by Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Football, World Cup Final, Solna Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June 1958, Brazil 5 v Sweden 2, Brazil's Pele waves triumphantly after scoring his country+s fifth goal (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
The Brazilian striker PelF (in the yellow shirt, number 10), is about to score the first goal in the final match of the World Cup Championship, played between Brazil and Italy, with the final result of 4-1 to Brazil, a victory greatly regretted by the Italians (The Blues), at the Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, 21 June 1970. (Photo by Mario De Biasi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: The Brazilian soccer team listens to the national anthem, 29 June 1958, before the final match of the World Cup, where Brazil defeated Sweden, attaining their first title. El seleccionado brasileno de futbol escucha el himno nacional de su pais el 29 de junio de 1958, previo a la final del Campeonato del Mundo en que derrotara a Suecia obteniendo su primer titulo. De izq. a dcha. De Sordi, Didi, PelT, Zagalo, Garrincha, Zito, Vava, Orlando, Nilton, Santos, Gilmar, Bellini (capitan). El 12 de mayo de 2001 fallecio Valdir Pereira, Didi, bi campeon del mundo (Suecia 58 y Chile 62), conmocionando al futbol brasileno y mundial. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTOS , BRAZIL - MAY 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Brazilian football legend Pele poses in during a visit at stadium Vila Belmiro on May 17, 2014 in Santos, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Finals, Guadalajara, Mexico 7th June, 1970, England 0 v Brazil 1, Brazil's Pele directs his header towards the England goal, Many fans behind are already celebrating but England keeper Gordon Banks (partially hidden) manages to get across his goal and scoop the ball over the bar for a corner (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1966 World Cup Finals, Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, 12th July 1966, Brazil 2 v Bulgaria 0, Brazil's Pele (left) prepares to shoot as a Bulgarian challenge comes in, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1958 World Cup Final, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June, 1958, Sweden 2 v Brazil 5, Brazil's Pele scores his side's third goal past Swedish goalkeeper Svensson (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Football, Brazil's Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazilian 1970 World Cup winning team in Mexico, pictured wearing trousers and a bright shirt as he poses in front of a Mercedes car (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Football, Brazilian legend Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico, relaxes by the swimming pool in his hotel whilst playing the guitar (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1970, Brazil star Pele, portrait, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport/Football, 1966 World Cup Finals, Goodison Park, England, 19th July 1966, Group Three, Portugal 3 v Brazil 1, Brazil's Pele jumps above the Portugal defence as he stretches for a header (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1959, Brazilian soccer star Pele pictured in his Santos club strip in happy mood, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport/Football in South America, circa 1960, Pele pictured in his Santos club strip, Pele was quite possibly the best footballer ever, coming to prominence in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden in which Brazil became Champions, and playing in Brazil's 'Dream' team of 1970 which again were World Champions (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1961, Pele of Brazil and Santos wears his sash as his club become the Sao Paulo champions, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 21: Brazilian forward PelT smiles as he holds aloft the Jules Rimet Cup after Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in the World Cup final 21 June 1970 in Mexico City. Le joueur brTsilien PelT, brandit le trophTe Jules Rimet, aprFs la victoire du BrTsil contre l'Italie, 4-1, en finale de la Coupe du monde de football, le 21 juin 1970 a Mexico. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1970 World Cup Finals, Guadalajara, Mexico, 17th June 1970, Semi Final, Brazil 3 v Uruguay 1, Brazil's Pele beats a Uruguay defender as he prepares to shoot for goal (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1958, Brazil's young star Pele at a family meal, his father Dondinho (left) as his mother Dona Celeste serves the food, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups, forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 11th May 1970, Brazil star Pele relaxing playing the guitar at Brazil's training camp in Mexico, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, Brazil's Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico poses wearing a New York Cosmos shirt and holding a ball (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1960, Brazil star Pele about to get dressed in his hotel room, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, November 1970, Brazil's Pele displays a crown presented to him after scoring his 1,000th goal (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1958, Brazil's young star Pele has his knee examined by medical staff, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Finals, Mexico, Eventual World Champions Brazil line up before one of their matches, They are L-R: Carlos Alberto, Brito, Gerson, Piazza, Clodoaldo, Everaldo, Tostao, Pele, Rivelino, Jairzinho and goalkeeper Felix (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1958, Young Brazilian star Pele holding a dog, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, November 1970, Brazil's Pele is pictured with a golden ball presented to him after scoring his 1,000th goal (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, March 1961, Brazil star Pele pictured at the wheel of his car, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport/Football, 1962, Brazil Coach Aymore Morreira (left) talking with star player Pele (right) at Nova Friburgo as Brazil prepare for their successful 1962 World Cup campaign in Chile (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, March 1961, Brazil star Pele pictured wearing a mexican style 'sombrero' hat, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
The Brazilian football player Pele wearing the national track suit after going out of the World football Championship in Great Britain. Lymm, July 1966 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MAY 15: Brazilian soccer legend Pele speaks to customers in the Apple store on May 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pele and film director Anibal Neto spoke with customers about 'Pele Eterno', a documentary about Pele's life. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 12. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, London, England, 7th May 1963, Brazilian superstar Pele is pictured in the grounds of a Surrey hotel the day before Brazil's Friendly International with England at Wembley (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 13: Pele of Brazil accepts the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur award during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013 at the Kongresshaus on January 13, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Brazilian footballer Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) wearing a Santos FC shirt retrieves a ball from the goal net circa 1960. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Soccer player Pele attends Meet The Athlete at the Apple Store Soho on April 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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